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SPORTS CATEGORY ADMISSION: DELHI UNIVERSITY

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The Delhi High Court directed Delhi University on Tuesday to decide on the representation of an applicant seeking admission in the University of Delhi under the sports category for the academic session 2020-21.

The above appeal stated that the University of Delhi has “arbitrarily denied accepting the provisional Sports Certificate of the petitioner, failing to take into consideration that outbreak of Corona (Covid-19) pandemic and unprecedented lockdown, thereby depriving him of the opportunity to take admission in the Undergraduate Course under the Sports Category for the academic session 2020-2021.”

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The plea stated that the petitioner/applicant had uploaded Provisional Sports Certificate on the varsity’s website, but the same was not accepted by the respondent and consequently. Hence, the applicant was declared to be not eligible.

The appeal also said that due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus pandemic and the Nationwide lockdown, the printing of Sports Certificates could not be carried out by the government of Madhya Pradesh. Keeping the future of the students in mind, the Government of Madhya Pradesh had hence provided Provisional Sports Certificate to the eligible students.

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According to the petitioner/applicant, he spoke to the Delhi University Grievance Committee regarding his issue but he was given an unsatisfactory response.

HIGH COURT DECISION

The bench of Justice Prateek Jalan after hearing the submission of the petitioner has directed the University of Delhi to decide the representation within two weeks while also granting liberty to the petitioner to re-approach the court if the university of Delhi doesn’t decide it within a time frame.

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According to the petition, petitioner Naman Upadhyay had applied for admission in the Undergraduate (UG) course under the Sports Category of the University of Delhi for the academic Session 2020-2021.

WHAT DID THE PETITION STATE?

“But due to Covid-19 pandemic, there was unprecedented nationwide lockdown. In the wake of unprecedented circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic and prevailing public health guidelines and social distancing norms, the printing of Sports Certificates could not be carried out by the government of Madhya Pradesh. There was no negligence or procrastination on the part of the petitioner. The petitioner made all attempts to obtain the Sports Certificate but was prevented owing to the Covid-19 situation and lack of printing of Sports Certificates on the part of the Madhya Pradesh government. No-fault is attributable to the petitioner.”

The plea also said that Delhi University has “arbitrarily denied admission to the petitioner without providing any reasons or justifications for such denial of admission in the Undergraduate Course.”

The plea alleged that the authorities concerned did not even deem it fit and proper to reply to the grievance and concerns of the petitioner.

“The petitioner herein is aggrieved by the lackadaisical and nonchalant approach on the part of the respondent. The arbitrary action on the part of the respondent has caused irreparable loss to the petitioner,” the petition said.

PETITIONER REPRESENTED BY:

The petitioner is represented by advocates Amit Kumar Sharma, Satyam Singh Rajput, Advocate Shriram Tiwary.

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